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Penn Fellowship in Advanced Biomedical Ethics

About the Fellowship

The Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine invites applications for the postdoctoral Fellowship in Advanced Biomedical Ethics.  The mission of this 2-year Fellowship is to train scholars and future leaders in academic biomedical ethics.  Appointments will commence in each August.

Fellows will participate fully in the life of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, which is among the world’s leading bioethics departments.  They will have full access to the intellectual resources of the larger Penn community. 

Fellows will receive a generous annual stipend, benefits, full tuition for a master’s degree in bioethics, and funds for academic books and travel.

The core fellowship experience will consist of:

  1. Mentored research:  Working with one or more faculty mentors, Fellows will be expected to conduct original research that will lead to the publication of a minimum of 2 manuscripts in top-tier peer-reviewed journals.
  2. Master’s degree in bioethics:   Depending on fellows' interests and career plans, they are encouraged to undertake a program of study leading to a Master's degree. Fellows who choose to do a Master's may enroll in either a Master of Science in Medical Ethics (MSME) or a Master of Bioethics (MBE) degree
  3. Department seminars:  Fellows will participate in and lead regular department seminars, including sessions devoted to works-in-progress, presentations by department and affiliated faculty as well as by invited scholars, and journal clubs devoted to critical analysis of conceptual and empirical articles in bioethics.
  4. Ethics committee, consultation and institutional review board experience:  Consistent with their interests, Fellows will gain ethics committee, ethics consultation, and/or institutional review board (IRB) experience at a Penn-affiliated hospital.


Applications are invited from scholars with doctoral degrees in hand (MDs, PhDs or equivalent, JDs), or who will receive such degrees by May 2015.  Doctorates may be in any relevant field, including but not limited to philosophy, political science, psychology, sociology, economics or anthropology.  Prior experience in bioethics is not required.

How to Apply

Applications will be available by October 2014, and will be due January 2, 2015. Applicant should email the following materials to Katherine Buckley ():

  1. Application form (pdf) - A link will be available for download by October 2014.
  2. A curriculum vitae
  3. A personal statement (maximum 1200 words) that describes the reasons for applying to the fellowship, career goals, and specific areas of interest, if any, within bioethics.
  4. A published or unpublished writing sample (up to 25 pages).
  5. In addition, applicants should arrange for 2 letters of recommendation to be submitted by individuals familiar with their academic work.  Letters must be submitted directly to Katherine Buckley () by the recommender, rather than forwarded by the applicant.
  6. Physician applicants who are currently enrolled in a clinical or research training program should contact Steven Joffe, MD, MPH, Fellowship Director () for additional requirements.


For additional questions and information, contact:

Katherine Buckley
Administrative Coordinator, Penn Fellowship in Advanced Biomedical Ethics